’68 Chevelle FAST-QUICK-FIT TKX

Modern Driveline’s new TREMEC TKX Five-Speed Offers the advantages of the proven TKO along with perfect fit     Text & Photography by Jim Smart   TREMEC’s performance-proven TKO five-speed transmission became famous in the 1990s with the PRO 5.0 Mustang drag racing movement and has swiftly spread across all high-performance applications where higher torque…

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BOSS 429 Cougar

429 Cougar Special The BOSS 429 Mustang is perhaps one of the rarest and most sought after of all the high-performance Ford models. Originally produced for NASCAR homologation, only about 1,350 cars were made in its two-year run from 1969 to 1970. And while the mighty “Shotgun” motor was never designed to go into the…

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TKO/ TKX Oil info

TKO/TKX OIl Servicing your car’s transmission is an integral part of routine car maintenance, but even more crucial is making sure you use the right kind of oil and fluids. If you have a TREMEC TKX or TKO transmission, there are only a few oils or fluids recommended for use, and TREMEC cautions against alternatives.…

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T5 Specific information about oil

Tremec T5  This transmission requires just under 3-Quarts of oil. We recommend that the fluid in a TREMEC T-5 transmission should be changed after its initial 500 miles. The fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles after that   CAUTION Do not mix different brands or types of transmission lubricant in any transmission. DO NOT USE GEAR OIL IN THE…

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65-66 Mustang TKX

TKX Five Speed Single Overdrive Conversion up to 750hp We put a New Tremec TKX in a 1966 Mustang. The tunnel support was moved back 2-3/4″ then reattached to the floorpan & tunnel. Our crossmember & mount were used on the TKX as you can see it maintains the angle requires and we have great…

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The Blue Coupe

Pure Notch Facts 1992 Mustang LX Coupe 327ci Small-Block Ford V-8 Stroker, A4 Block 486 horsepower with 465 ft/lbs of torque rear wheel Modern Driveline/TREMEC T-5z Five-Speed with .80:1 Overdrive Ford 8.8-inch with 3.55:1 Gold Track and 9-inch Flanges Baer Four-Piston 14-inch Front Disc Brakes Baer Four-Piston 13-inch Rear Disc Brakes 1995 SVT Cobra R…

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New COPO CAMARO

Have you checked out the new Chevrolet #COPO Camaro? It’s available in limited quantities from Chevrolet Performance with your choice of a #Supercharged 350ci engine (@NHRA rated at over 600 #HorsePower) or a 427ci engine, both #LokarEquipped with a Locking Engine Dipstick! You can also choose from a variety of performance packages and colors, including…

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Six Tail Lamps on a C2 Corvette ?

Back in the day, Corvettes with six tail lamps were a familiar sight—even though Chevrolet never officially offered such an option. Here’s the story behind this interesting Corvette non-feature.    In the famous 1964 Jan and Dean song, “Dead Man’s Curve,” The illegal street race between a Corvette Sting Ray and a Jaguar XKE, are…

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42nd Annual International Mustang Meet

42nd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MUSTANG MEET MDL is a proud sponsor and will have a display onsite   Hover over image to enlarge Events Note:   that the events and times below are tentative and are subject to change. Additional tour events may be added and may have additional costs. Friday, September 3  –  8:00am–5:00pm MDT Tech…

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A Little Pontiac Highlight History

PONTIAC SIX GM created Pontiac in 1926. The company’s first car was an inexpensive six-cylinder “companion” to GM’s more expensive Oakland brand. Ironically, Pontiac shined while Oakland faded. The Depression undoubtedly played the role of killer, as it did to so many of the mid to expensive brands. Pontiac barely survived, and the fact that…

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MACH 1

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 A performance-oriented option package of the Ford Mustang, originally introduced by Ford in August 1968 as a package for the 1969 model year. The Mach 1 title adorned performance oriented Mustang offerings until the original retirement of the moniker in 1978, returning briefly in 2003 and 2004. As part of a Ford heritage program, the…

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NEW Tremec TKX

THE NEW TKX Tremec’s new powerhouse with a sleek all-new case you’ve been waiting for. the TKX offers an impressive array of flexibility features. an all-new end loading design, adding strength. Rear main-shaft support bushing moved from tail closer to gearbox provides better support. New smaller stamped-steel mid-position cover with 4 M6 x 18 countersunk…

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Mustang II – A return to concept

The second-generation Ford Mustang, marketed as the Ford Mustang II, is a two- or three-door, four-passenger, front-engine/rear-drive pony car manufactured and marketed by Ford from 1973 to 1978. Introduced in September 1973 for the model year 1974, the Mustang II arrived roughly coincident with the oil embargo of 1973 and subsequent fuel shortages. It arrived 490 pounds lighter and almost 19 inches…

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Happy 56th Birthday Mustang

ALL ABOUT THE FIRST MUSTANG Every great story has a memorable beginning, and the genesis of the Ford Mustang is no exception. One of the most popular and longest-running automobiles in the United States, the Mustang has been a global phenomenon since it rolled off the assembly line for the first time in the spring…

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Meet The BOSS

MEET THE BOSS The Boss 429 is recognized as being among some of the rarest and highly valued muscle cars to date. In total there were 1359 original Boss 429s made. The origin of the Boss 429 was to fulfill Ford’s need to homologate the 429 semi-hemispherical engine for NASCAR racing. Ford was seeking to develop an engine…

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Racing & Car Show NEWS & Events

MDL is trying to keep you informed with the latest developments as it pertains to all of us Car Guys Racing news and listed below that are Carshow updates as they come in. Check the post date for the latest news. UPDATED 05/11/2021 Dayco Amps Up North American Motorsports Program by Sponsoring Five Extreme Drift…

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Customer Assurance

      —————————————————————————– 5 & 6 SPEED CONVERSION SPECIALISTS —————————————————————————- —————————————————————————————————– DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS MDL is Open for business MDL has made changes to staff locations & implemented flex-hours in keeping with COVID-19 Safety Precautions To keep our service to our customers as seamless as possible We ask for your patience processing your…

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1971-73 Ford Mustang

1971-73 Ford Mustang Lee Iacocca, who introduced the Mustang on April 17th, 1964 just 7 years later was unhappy with the car and what had happened to the original idea of the Mustang. Which was the Mustang created the “pony car“ class of American muscle cars, distinguished as affordable sporty coupes with long hoods and short rear…

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GT350H

THE 1966 SHELBY GT350H The Shelby GT350H was a special promotion, dreamed up between Ford, Carroll Shelby, and Hertz rent a car. It’s a little absurd that in 1966 you could rent a powerful muscle car, and the Shelby GT350H was powerful. Each associated company had their own reasons for agreeing to participate in this.…

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MUSTANG COBRA II

WHAT IS THE MUSTANG COBRA II? In a way, perhaps no one variant illustrates the perceived missteps of the second generation “Mustang II” than the Cobra II. Produced for three years between 1976 and 1978, the Cobra II offered little of substance over the stock pony cars. That being said, the Cobra II sports a…

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MAGNUM F Transmission

THE  GM  F-BODY  6-SPEED 1982-2002 TREMEC  Magnum-F™ 6-speed for fourth-generation Camaros and Firebirds. Consider Your Old F-Car T-56 Obsolete!          The long-awaited and highly-anticipated F-car-specific version of TREMEC’s popular Magnum 6-speed has finally arrived! Designed to replace T-56 transmissions in 1998-2002 GM F-bodies, the Magnum-F leverages TREMEC’s pervasive TR-6060/Magnum architecture in order to provide fourth-gen…

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Here’s How… To Get A light Clutch Pedal with MDL’s LF-Series Hydraulic clutch System

Here’s How… To Get A Light Clutch Pedal With Modern Driveline’s LF Series Hydraulic Clutch System   Modern Driveline’s LF Series Hydraulic Clutch Kits for classic cars make light work of a heavy pedal by letting fluid do the hard work mechanical Z-bar clutch systems have been doing for generations. Modern Driveline has taken the…

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ALL GIRLS GARAGE

Our TKO 5-Speed Conversion Kit was featured on  ‘All Girls Garage’ A 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass has a few issues with leaks and power loss. The crew tracks down the problems, and then converts the transmission from automatic to manual so the owner can drive a classic as it was meant to be enjoyed. Modern DriveLine…

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F-100 HYDRAULIC CLUTCH KITS

Hyd Clutch Master Kit, ’57-’72 F Series Truck LF Series Type 2  Modern DriveLine’s  ‘Light Foot’ series Hydraulic Master cylinder clutch cylinder kit uses the stock clutch pedal. Engineered to use the factory full swing of the pedal, for maximum leverage, it provides a light pedal effort and full control of the clutch, this translates to…

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TILTON ST SERIES CLUTCHES

SHOP FORDSHOP CHEVY .   MDL is Proud to carry the new range of TILTON ST-246 Twin Disc Clutches for the high-performance street market. ST-246 Clutch Kits…. Racing Technology applied to the Street. Since 1972, Tilton Engineering has been the leading supplier of small diameter racing clutches. Tilton racing clutches are world renowned for their…

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Customer Rides

SEMA 2010 This year Modern Driveline has introduced and perfected many new products and has expanded its markets.  As part of these endeavors several customers have built specialty vehicles which will be on display at SEMA and other shows through the coming year. Here is a sampling of the cars and the companies who built…

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Bob Ream equipped his 1964 Ford Falcon A/FX with a T56 Magnum

Bob Ream was inspired to build a nostalgic racer modernized with a 427 aluminum Dart block, and TREMEC T56 Magnum 6-speed transmission, among other changes. Bob knows something about vintage cars and modernization.  He owns Imagine Injection, Inc. in Glendale, AZ, building Electronic Fuel Injection systems with the look of Weber carburetors of yesterday.  You will…

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Featured Cars

       “Cars Modern Driveline is a part of.” Good morning Bruce, Just wanted to let you know that I finally got to drive the AC…..The gearing feels great, the clutch and shifting are superb!!!  Thanks for all your help on this…   I love that T5!  I’m getting a *huge* increase in miles-per-gallon, due largely to the…

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TREMEC TR3550 5 Speed

TREMEC TR3550 5 Speed overdrive transmission was developed to provide great torque capacity and is ideal for specialty sports cars equipped with high torque engines.   The TREMEC TR3550 5 Speed was both a product and a product line. The product line encompassed the 3550 and TKO models. Each model had two versions. One being…

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TREMEC TR 3650

The TR-3650 five-speed overdrive transmission was developed using state-of-the-art technology and is designed for a wide range of cars and compact utility vehicles.  Currently, the TREMEC TR-3650 is used in the Ford Mustang GT and the BA Falcon.  It was first introduced in 2001 as a replacement for the T-45 five speed.  Produced from 2001-2004…

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TRANSMISSION DETAILS: Terminator Tremec’s T-56 Six-Speed Transmission Upgrade

Tremec’s New T-56 Magnum Is Ready To Make Stronger, Smoother Music In Your ‘Stang Dale Amy September 1, 2009 In the great pecking order of Mustang manual transmissions, six-speed gearboxes such as those factory-installed in ’03-’04 Cobras and current GT500s clearly rule the roost. While most of us had to get by with only five…

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Preview of Pure Vision’s Twin-Turbo 1972 Camaro

Written by Diego Rosenberg on June 19, 2013 Readers of Hot Rod should be familiar with Pure Vision Performance’s reputation for top-notch workmanship and performance. In fact, in our December, 2012 issue, we featured their Road Bee. But what can you expect next from the folks due northwest from Los Angeles? Come November at SEMA 2013, Pure Vision will unveil their first…

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Put a Five-Speed in a Big-Block Mustang

Jim Smart May 31, 2016 Modern Driveline was on top of the five-speed conversion game before anyone else with complete five-speed conversion kits and great technical support. These days, the Modern Driveline discussion moves quickly to five- and six-speed conversions for all Mustang generations and a host of other popular marques like Chevy Camaro, Corvette,…

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Modern Driveline’s Bruce Couture Builds This Stunning Fox in the Memory of a Great Friend

Jim Smart May 31, 2016 When Ford introduced the all-new 1979 Mustang in the fall of 1978, few of us believed it would ever be collectible. At the time classic 1965-1973 Mustangs were coming into their own as hot collector cars and they got all the attention. Late model Fox-body Mustangs weren’t even considered Mustangs…

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Modern Driveline’s All-New Hydraulic Clutch Setup for Fox Mustangs

Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords by Jim Smart Pedal Play: Modern Driveline Makes It Fast & Easy to Get Precision Low-Pedal Resistance Clutch Performance Jim Smart November 1, 2016 Fox-Body Mustangs haven’t been this popular since the 1990s. Sales of these lightweight, good-looking 1979-1993 Stangs haven’t been this brisk in ages. They’re plentiful and cheap,…

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TKO

TREMEC® TKO Transmissions

TREMEC offers several different models of five speed transmissions**, and introduced a new lineup in 2004.  Here is a bit of the history of the TKO line. The manual transmission line of Borg Warner is now owned (since 1998) by Transmission Technologies Corporation (TTC), however, the design remains unchanged between the two transmission lines. Borg Warner transmissions, for…

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How the TREMEC® T-56 MAGNUM 6-Speed transmission is improved.

The improvement is in the Beef The kingpin of TREMEC’s high performance line-up, the all-new T-56 Magnum 6-speed transmission takes the very best from current OEM technologies and pairs it with the most popular features of the all-business TKO 5-speed. Able to withstand a massive 700 lb-ft. of torque while providing unbelievably crisp shifts, no other manual transmission on…

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Modern Driveline supplied the T56 kit for this 1969 Camaro install featured on V8TV – part 2

This is the second part of this two part series of the T56 Magnum install  Plans for the build include a GM LSA Supercharged 6.2 liter V8 backed by a T-56 Magnum transmission from Modern Driveline. T56 Magnum Install In these two installments of the “Lou’s Change” 1969 Camaro build, the V8 Speed and Resto shop crew…

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Modern Driveline supplied the T56 kit for this 1969 Camaro install featured on V8TV – Part 1

In this two part video series the V8TV crew rebuilds a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro from a stock-type restoration into a Zl-1 inspired fire-breathing supercharged Pro-Touring machine. Plans for the build include a GM LSA Supercharged 6.2 liter V8 backed by a T-56 Magnum transmission from Modern Driveline. The car will roll on Detroit Speed &…

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VIDEO: TKO-600 5-speed manual transmission install in a 1969 Chevelle

68-72 CHEVELLE 5 & 6-SPEED CONVERSIONS Overdrive transmissions provide many benefits to longevity and fuel consumption, and they are more fun to shift than automatics. The V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew installs a Tremec TKO-600 from Modern Driveline complete with a hydraulic throwout bearing assembly for easy action and an MDL clutch for positive…

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Tremec Toolbox App

Designed for iOS and Android smartphones, this app will help you plan your project. The TREMEC Toolbox App for iOS and Android smartphones will help you simplify driveline setup, predict the effects of changing gear ratios and tire size, and calculate vehicle speed and RPM variables.   TREMEC Toolbox     Newly updated to version…

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Sunbeam Tiger TKO

Stealthy Overdrive From MDL No One Knows It’s There But You Modern Driveline’s new TREMEC TKO600 five-speed overdrive transmission, is engineered to fit your Sunbeam Tiger without cutting or modifying the tunnel. You get durability surpassing Ford’s legendary Top Loader four-speed with vastly improved fuel consumption. You get brute performance in gears one through four…

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Installing A 5-Speed into a 1971-73 Mustang/Cougar

It’s a gorgeous summer day in suburban Boise, Idaho where we’re installing a TREMEC T5 five-speed transmission in the “Rebuilding Generations” ’71 Mustang convertible along with a Modern Driveline cable clutch upgrade for smooth clutching and shifting. The TREMEC T5 from Modern Driveline, which has been in continuous production since the early 1980s, maintains its…

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Installation Article of a T5 into a 1967 Mustang

The June 2008 edition of Mustang and Fords features a 6 page article detailing Modern Driveline’s T5 conversion of a ’67 Mustang. Author and photographer Wayne Cook details the parts and the process to convert a classic Mustang from a 4-speed to a 5-speed overdrive transmission. As Wayne writes “On the other hand, if you believe your Mustang was born to run on the open roads, then the addition of Overdrive will convert your classic Ford from a freeway buzz bomb into a quiet, smooth vehicle that can accomplish a 500-mile day with ease”

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